Hump Day Fare Hacks: July 13, 2016

As the U.S. economy and its foreign counterparts have rebounded following Brexit, ticket prices have increased slightly across the board. However, there are still some excellent deals out there, which I’ve profiled below.

Last week, I mentioned that I didn’t have the time or resources to check out and provide analysis for the cheapest transatlantic routes outside of Boston. This week, I’ve decided to change the format a bit: since I have a number of New Yorkers that read the blog, I’ve broken the post up into 5 BOS-based deals and 5 deals from NYC area airports (that’s JFK and EWR).

Note: All routes profiled are based on a 7-day round trip (departing and arriving the same day a week apart), unless otherwise noted. That said, I strongly encourage you to play with a variety of dates and trip lengths and see what you can find.

 

BOSTON

 

Boston – Copenhagen

Leave on:

  • September 6, 20, 27 (return on September 15, 29, and October 6).
  • October 4, 11, 18 (return on October 13, 20, 27).

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $319

Thoughts: While there was a bit of upward movement on the SAS/PrivatAir flights between BOS and CPH to the $730 range, the Norwegian flights are incredibly low. That said, the only way you’ll be able to take advantage of this fare is if you book a 9-day trip.

 

Boston – Frankfurt

Leave on:

  • October 15-20, 23-26, 30, 31
  • November 1-13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27-30,
  • December 1-13

Carrier: Lufthansa
Price: $633

Thoughts: There were cheaper dates going last week. However, given that those prices were for a select few days in October, I maintain that BOS-FRA is a good deal because there are a number of available low-fare dates this time around (49 in a 59 day span).

 

Boston – London Gatwick

Leave on:

  • October 23, 30, 31
  • November 2, 4, 7, 13, 14, 16, 25, 27, 28, 30
  • December 2, 4, 5
  • January (2017) 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • February (2017) 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27
  • March (2017) 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $337

Thoughts: This fare is still simply astounding. Sure, it’s increased $3 over last week, but I’d still give it a solid A. If you have any desire to check out England, now is the time to book!

 

Boston – Oslo

Leave on:

  • September 5, 12, 19, 26, 30 (return September 13, 20, 27, and October 4 and 8).
  • October 3, 10, 14, 17 (return October 11, 18, 22, 25).

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $290

Thoughts: This fare is even better than the $298.30 I paid for my round trip in April, and is probably one of the lowest-priced transatlantic flights ever. That said, it’s a seasonal route which appears to enter its winter hiatus in November, so these fares are only really around until October.

 

Boston – Shannon

Leave on:

  • November 5, 7, 8, 10, 16, 19, 24, 25, 27, 28
  • December 4, 6, 7, 9, 10

Carrier: Aer Lingus
Price: $496

Thoughts: Shannon is the country’s second-largest airport and the gateway to much of the west part of Ireland. And while Aer Lingus doesn’t operate the same Airbus A330 aircraft on BOS-SNN that it does between BOS and DUB, making for a bit tighter of a ride, these sub-$500 round trips are a fantastic deal on a full-service airline that’s known for treating its passengers well.

 

NEW YORK

 

New York JFK – Amsterdam

Leave on:

  • October 15-20, 22-26, 28-31
  • November 1-30
  • December 1-15

Carrier: Delta Air Lines and KLM
Price: $532

Thoughts: A really solid “value for money” route. $532 as a sticker price isn’t cheap, but getting to fly on KLM and enjoy the Dutch carrier’s quality of service is something that many have paid significantly more for (although flying Delta on that route is just fine as well).

 

New York JFK – Copenhagen

Leave on:

  • January 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
  • February 1

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $318

Thoughts: Norwegian continues to defy expectations and traditional airline logic with how low it is able to offer transatlantic flights. And while I won’t comment on the USDOT controversy that it has experienced, I will say that it certainly has changed the way we look at travel between the U.S. and Europe.

 

Newark – Hong Kong

Leave on:

  • September 28
  • October 13, 17-20, 24, 25, 27
  • November 2, 7, 10, 22, 24, 28-30
  • December 1, 5-8
  • January 4, 5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30, 31
  • February 1, 2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27, 28
  • March 1, 2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
  • April 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27
  • May 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22, 23

Carrier: Cathay Pacific
Price: $637

Thoughts: But wait, Hong Kong isn’t in Europe? Don’t care. This might be the most insane international deal that I’ve found, period, in terms of all factors: quality of airline, number of dates, and, ultimately, value for the distance traveled. Cathay Pacific, which is a 5-star airline, has nonstops between Newark and Hong Kong for $637 — a price which makes the $659 I paid to go nonstop to Beijing this fall on Hainan look far less impressive by comparison.

 

Newark – London Heathrow

Leave on: October 16-31

Carrier: United Airlines
Price: $504

Thoughts: It’s quite crazy that we’ve come to “expect” that flights to Gatwick are less than $500. What’s almost as crazy is that flights to Heathrow have plummeted to a paltry $504. That is quite possibly the lowest nonstop round trip transatlantic fare that I have ever seen between the U.S. and Heathrow. Equally insane is that it’s not just “1 or 2” flights that are going for that low; indeed, there are multiple options per day that will let you take advantage of this fare. One this is for certain, though — it won’t last long.

 

New York JFK – Stockholm

Leave on:

  • January 14, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30
  • February 1, 4

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $296

Thoughts: Copenhagen is a good deal; this sub-$300 fare is even better. Enough said.